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Mark Webber says IndyCar can learn from F1 after the death of Dan Wheldon

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ferret .

October 20, 2011 3:12 PM
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Perhaps it is time for Indycar to turn to the FIA for safety advice, Okay F1 is alot more techical but it is a hell of alot safer now!
But racing on ovals and in packs is asking for trouble!
perhaps it is time to bin the ovals in favour of normal proper race tracks with big run off areas and further away from barriers!

amy - Unregistered

October 20, 2011 3:48 PM

agree completely with mark...if it looks dangerous on tv then it should be scary being an oval racer whichever format it is...i think the biggest problem is not having any run off areas on the track... the margin is so small ,if someone makes a mistake he just ends up hitting the wall.. this i think should be addressed.

Dee - Unregistered

October 20, 2011 4:07 PM

Will Power, one of the drivers whose car flew into the air and was taken to hospital after the carnage at Las Vegas, said that the problem with the ovals was the safety catch fencing around the track. On the ovals, if you go into the air, there's nowhere else to go but into the fence which tends to rip the cars apart. Will thought for a moment he himself was a goner until he dropped low enough to hit the concrete wall instead. It's a sad state for racing when you're hoping desperately to slam into a concrete wall because it's the safer option. Mark is right, IndyCar car learn a lot from F1.

fairlyoldguy - Unregistered

October 20, 2011 4:12 PM

It has been stated widely, here in US motorsport forums, that Indy Car racing needs to get away from one-and-a-half-mile ovals intended for NASCAR (such as Las Vegas). On such tracks, the cars are going flat out, nailed to the track by downforce. The series needs to race at Loudon, Milwaukee, and bring Phoenix back on to the schedule. Another option would be for the series to revive the Handford Device, used so effectively during the later years of CART to (via aerodynamics) break up the packs.Some have suggested that Indy Car racing become an all road racing series. Not a chance-the main "selling point" of US OWR (save for the IRL's all-oval years) has been the great variety of tracks- to lose that would make the IICS into "F1 Lite". Not a viable option.

steer - Unregistered

October 20, 2011 4:37 PM

Come on Pam, the whole point is that in F1 you do not get a field of 34 cars covered by just a few seconds driving wheel to wheel, 3 or more wide at 220mph.

chimchim - Unregistered

October 20, 2011 4:50 PM

Perfect! finally a real driver who speaks to the forbidden truth that slip-streaming is not racing. i.e. oval is BS! i.e. the biggest farce that should never be called racing is that WWF of 4 wheels known as NASCAR. .keep it to the floor, get in someones draft, turn left, lather rinse repeat. NO RACING SKILL! Indy is just a faster version and a waste of good drivers.
Real drivers/racers turn left AND right, row through most of the rear box at least 5 times per lap and experience speed differentials of at least 80mph on every lap.
Everything else is a circus with tragedy waiting to happen. All oval racing is a pathetic joke.

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